The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a new 2022 + 2023 Grants for Arts Projects grant to this collective to sustain and develop place-based, culturally rooted public art collaborations in Wailuku; design and implement public art activities in up to three new Maui County neighborhoods; and deliver a public art master plan for the County of Maui.
What was successful for Wailuku Town's SMALL TOWN * BIG ART program might look different for another neighborhood, (and each neighborhood will have a new name for its respective public art program!), but the foundation will be the same: people that are willing to share their feedback, places where the artwork can live, and stories about the history + culture of the neighborhood.
We will be exercising a three-pronged approach to identifying small towns throughout the County to expand this work:
- A public survey to help clarify who is participating, where we are invited and how public art can fit into the neighborhood landscape (performing, visual or experiential)
- Evaluation of Maui communities' capacity to advance local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes through participatory public art projects
- Access and availability of Maui Historical Society archives in relation to the places nominated/ identified
If you feel that there is a particular area of Maui County where this work would make an impact, we want to hear from you in this survey.